The stale-while-revalidate attribute is used by the Cache-Control header and defines an extra window of time during which a cache (proxy, user agents) can use a stale asset while it revalidates it asynchronously. This improves subsequent page load latencies as stale assets are non longer in the critical path.


Working draft or equivalent

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 75
  • Chrome for Android release 75
  • Android WebView release 75

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.

  • Shipped/Shipping
  • No signal
  • No signal
  • Positive


Intent to Prototype url

Intent to Prototype thread

Last updated on 2020-11-09